ASBK hits Goulburn this weekend for the second round of the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship and competitors were on circuit this morning for the opening practice sessions of the race weekend.
Supersport 300 riders were first out on the circuit this morning and it was Hunter Ford topping proceedings ahead of fellow YZF-R3 rider Zac Levy. Oli Bayliss was third quickest and leading Kawasaki ahead of Jarred Brook on the KTM.
Billy Van Eerde is missing from the field this weekend as he is overseas contesting the opening round of the Asia Talent Cup.
Supersport 300 FP1
Hunter Ford – Yamaha – 69.397
Zac Levy – Yamaha – 69.436
Oli Bayliss – Kawasaki – 69.821
Jarred Brook – KTM – 70.476
Harry Khouri – Yamaha 70.589
Locky Taylor – Yamaha 70.771
Corey Briffa – KTM 71.455
Troy Ryan – Yamaha 71.517
Tayla Relph – Yamaha 71.544
Seth Crump – KTM 71.645
Ben Bramich – KTM 71.706
Callum O’Brien – Yamaha 71.767
Tom Bramich – Yamaha 72.030
Peter Nerlich – Kawasaki 72.372
Travis Hall – Kawasaki 72.902
Supersport competitors hit the circuit at 0945 this morning and it was Cru Halliday that topped the opening 600cc session ahead of local lad Tom Toparis.
That pair the only riders under the 60-second barrier, and also both under the Supersport lap record. The race lap record of 60.158 was set by Rick Olson back in 2013 while the qualifying record of 60.450 was set by Aaron Morris, also on Yamaha, in 2015.
Cru Halliday – Yamaha 59.581
Tom Toparis – Kawasaki 59.992
Lachlan Epis – Kawasaki 60.945
Damon Rees – Honda 61.529
Jordan Carlsson – Yamaha 62.014
Jack Passfield – Yamaha 62.101
Giuseppe Scarcella – Kawasaki 62.347
Cambridge Olivier – Yamaha 62.486
Thomas Bryden – Yamaha 62.514
Nic Liminton – Yamaha 62.561
Josh Waters heads into Round 2 with 59 points, tied with Troy Herfoss, with both a single point behind current leader Bryan Staring.
This morning at Wakefield Park it was the Yamaha duo of Wayne Maxwell and birthday boy Daniel Falzon topping the charts. Falzon turned 24-years-old today and is looking to celebrate this weekend in fine style.
Third quickest was local hero and recent dominator of Wakefield Park ASBK rounds Troy Herfoss.’
Penrite Honda Racing team manager Shaun Clarke
“Things are heading in the right direction and the track has changed some more since last year, being a little bit bumpier again,” Clarke explained. “We’ve been working on the K-Tech Suspension to see what we can extract on top of the base-settings, so by the end of the test we found some positive options. Troy was basically on lap record pace, so with the track going away and his times being where they were, we’re really confident going into round two. As long as we approach the race weekends in the right manner, I believe we will gain strength as the season goes on. Wakefield Park is a track that Troy is very good at, being from Goulburn and racing in front of his family and friends. In saying that though, it’s not the only track that we expect to be competitive at and we’re really looking forward to taking what we’ve learned to every track on the calendar this year.”
Fourth quickest was Josh Waters, who this weekend will be competing without the help of long term Suzuki crew chief Phil Tainton. The PTR boss has family commitments with a wedding this weekend thus it has become a full family affair in the Suzuki garage for Wakefield Park where alongside normal spanner swinging sidekick Brodie Waters, is also the youngest of the Waters trio Nick.
“Wakefield Park is a tight & bumpy race track with plenty of hard braking area’s along with a critical final corner onto the straight meaning we have to be on point with a balanced bike set up to be up the front this weekend. After testing last week, I’m confident that we’re heading in the right direction and I’m looking forward to getting to the track again on Friday and picking up where we left off and hopefully be back on the podium on Sunday afternoon” an upbeat Josh Waters said.
Troy Bayliss was fifth on the DesmoSport Ducati ahead of NextGen BMW’s Glenn Allerton while the fastest Kawasaki rider was round one winner Bryan Staring.
Michael Blair was eighth quickest ahead of Matt Walters while Jamie Stauffer made his return to ASBK competition in style to round out the top ten on the Craig McMartin Racing Ducati Panigale R.
Yamaha R3 Cup Race – 69.509 – Hunter Ford – Yamaha – 2016
Yamaha R3 Cup QP/FP – Jack Mahaffy – 68.316 – Yamaha
2018 ASBK Round 2 Schedule – Wakefield Park
ASBK Championship Points Standings
Bryan Staring 60
Josh Waters 59
Troy Herfoss 59
Troy Bayliss 51
Daniel Falzon 47
Wayne Maxwell 43
Michael Blair 41
Matt Walters 37
Aaron Morris 37
Alex Phillis 31
Glenn Allerton 25
Mark Chiodo 21
Mitch Rees 20
Aaiden Coote 18
Corey Turner 17
Ted Collins 15
Mitch Levy 11
Kyle Buckley 11
Mike Jones 9
Callum Spriggs 8
Australian Supersport Standings
Tom TOPARIS (QLD) 75
Cru HALLIDAY (NSW) 60
Broc PEARSON (QLD) 50
Damon REES (NZ) 44
Zackary JOHNSON (VIC) 42
Rhys BELLING (VIC) 38
Nic LIMINTON (SA) 36
Aidan HAYES (QLD) 32
Giuseppe SCARCELLA (NSW) 31
Scott NICHOLSON (VIC) 31
Dallas SKEER (SA) 29
Brendan CLARKE (QLD) 28
Luke MITCHELL (NSW) 25
Matt BARTON (VIC) 24
Thomas BRYDEN (NSW) 18
Max CROKER (NSW) 18
Jack PASSFIELD (NSW) 16
Ryan TAYLOR (VIC) 15
Scott CHAPMAN (NSW) 10
Steve HASLAM (NSW) 3
2018 ASBK Calendar
Round 2- Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW March 16 – 18
Round 3- The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA April 19 – 22
Round 4- Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT June 28 – 1 July
Round 5- Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD August 17 – 19
Round 6- Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC September 7 – 9
Round 7- Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC October 12 – 14
ASBK Goes Live
ASBK recently announced its live coverage package for the 2018 season and fans will have three different options to watch this weekend’s racing on SBS, Fox Sports and livestream on Sunday March 18. With so much at stake, fan’s will have to tune in to watch the thrilling racing ASBK has to offer.
SBS Australia 1:00pm – 3:00pm AEDT
FOX Sports Australia Channel 501 1:00pm – 4:00pm AEDT
ASBK.com.au Livestream from 9:30am AEDT
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